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Published: 17 Oct 2012

Think high-end storage is out of your reach? Maybe not. Conversations with several storage buyers recently suggest that vendors are scrambling to give buyers the best possible deals. Take Loudeye, in Seattle, WA, a provider of digital media and webcasting services. The company recently embarked on a project to migrate about 180TB of data off of three 6,000-slot StorageTek Powderhorn tape silos to online disk, to better support its hosting and digital sample serving businesses. ATA storage seemed likely to Brian Hanson, Loudeye's director of IT. "Six months ago, I was sure I would go with ATA disk," says Hanson, who had already experimented with some 2TB and 4TB Linux file systems on ATA storage. He put out 10 RFPs, (see RFPs create savings) and as expected, eight of them came back with proposals for ATA-based disk arrays. What he hadn't expected, however, was that proposals for Fibre Channel arrays--from StorageTek and IBM--were only about 20% more than those for ATA-based systems, thanks to some fortuitous end-of-quarter timing. "I was pleasantly surprised,... Access >>>

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